Accelerated Modernisation Scheme

Learn about the accelerated modernisation scheme, including what funds are available and the eligibility requirements.

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  • Boards
  • Principals and Tumuaki
  • Administrators 

School Boards are responsible for the financial governance of their schools. To access AMS, their school’s projects must meet the qualifications listed below. 

Key information about the scheme

What it is: a 5 year funding programme starting with schools in the 2018/19 5YA cycle. Its’ purpose is to accelerate the modernisation of teaching and learning environments in schools.

What it is for: Priority 3 projects identified in a schools 10 Year Property Plan

The budget: Schools may be eligible for a 100% increase in the 5YA budget, up to a maximum of $200,000.


10YPP Priority 3 works

AMS funding can be applied to a Priority 3 project identified in the schools' 10 Year Property Plan (10YPP) to modernise teaching and learning environments. This might be:

  • an identified Priority 3 project which has been scaled back to align with the available budget
  • a project that's been deferred to Years 6-10 of a 10YPP
  • a newly identified Priority 3 project which supports the school's strategic vision for school property.

Schools eligible for other funding over and above baseline 5YA funding (such as Budget Plus) can also access AMS funding for a qualifying project. This supports schools to undertake both essential infrastructure works (Priority 2) and modernisation works (Priority 3).


If a Priority 3 project is identified in the 10YPP, schools can access AMS funding by:

  • submitting the 10YPP to the Ministry by 30 November in the first year of the 5YA
  • letting the contract for the AMS project or be actively progressing the project by 31 May in the first year of the 5YA.

Accessing AMS funding

If there's a qualifying project agreed in the 10YPP, schools will be able to access this funding. 

If schools don't have a project which qualifies for AMS funding, schools are unable to meet the qualifying timeframes, or there's a portion of AMS funding not required for an agreed AMS project, the full or remaining AMS funding will be returned to us.

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